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Foundation: Give public candidates' applications

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By David Giuliani

The public is entitled to all of the names of applicants for the superintendent’s position of the Las Vegas City Schools, the leader of a watchdog group says.

Leonard DeLayo, executive director of the Albuquerque-based New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, said Monday that state law requires the district release all resum and application information, with the exception of letters of recommendation and references.

However, Patrick Romero, a City Schools board member, said he wouldn’t be willing to release the names of those applicants who requested privacy. He noted that some applicants may find their jobs in jeopardy with their current employers if their interest in other jobs becomes public.

He said that when he was at Highlands University, the school wouldn’t release the names of those applicants who wanted to keep that information secret.

“If they indicate in their letter of interest that they would not like to be identified, we would honor that,” he said.

Romero said he would agree to release names of finalists, which he hoped would only be three or four.

Unlike Romero, three of his colleagues, Philip Leger, Phillip Vigil and Ramon “Swoops” Montao, said they would agree to release all applicants’ names.

“I wouldn’t see how we would keep that from anybody. Everything should be public,” said Montao, adding that he only spoke for himself.

Board member Elaine Luna couldn’t be reached for comment.

Three years ago, the Carlsbad Current-Argus filed a lawsuit to get the city of Carlsbad to release the names of all city manager candidates, which the city had refused to do. State District Court decided in favor of the newspaper.

More recently, the Farmington Daily Times asked for the names of all city manager candidates in that city. District Court ruled in the paper’s favor, but the city of Farmington has appealed the matter.

AT A GLANCE

What: Las Vegas City Schools board public forum on the procedures for searching for a new superintendent.

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m. today.

Where: Memorial Middle School auditorium.

Information: Call superintendent’s office at 454-5700.